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South Dakota Pheasant Habitat Work Group Members Selected

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

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South Dakota is examining ways to maintain and enhance existing pheasant habitat as well as increase pheasant habitat in South Dakota. Flickr Creative Commons photo

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard announced the members of a work group tasked with examining strategies for developing pheasant habitat in South Dakota. The group includes Tim Kessler of Aberdeen, who serves on Pheasants Forever’s Board of Directors, and is a former South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission chair.

The pheasant habitat work group continues the efforts Gov. Daugaard began last month with the first ever Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Summit in Huron.

Coming off the successful Pheasant Habitat Summit, the biggest question was “What’s next?” Pheasants Forever applauds Governor Daugaard for continuing the momentum of the summit and the state’s aggressive efforts to examine upland habitat solutions.

“Pheasant habitat and agriculture enjoy a symbiotic relationship in South Dakota,” Gov. Daugaard said. “The work group will look for practical ways we can solidify our status as the world’s greatest pheasant hunting destination while supporting agriculture – our number one industry.”

The thirteen pheasant habitat work group members are:

  • Pam Roberts, Pierre (Chair) – retired Secretary of SD Department of Labor and Regulation
  • Barry Dunn, Brookings – dean, College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at SDSU
  • Tim Kessler, Aberdeen – Pheasants Forever Board of Directors, former GFP Commission chair
  • Mary Duvall, Pierre – District 24 state representative
  • Jason Frerichs, Wilmot – farmer, Senate Minority Leader, District 1 state senator
  • John Cooper, Pierre – GFP commissioner, former GFP Secretary
  • Steve Halverson, Kennebec – farmer, owner of Halverson Hunts
  • Jan Nicolay, Chester – former state representative, conservation advocate
  • Jeff Zimprich, Huron – USDA-NRCS state director
  • Doug Deiter, Faulkton – farmer
  • Jeff Vonk, Pierre – GFP Secretary
  • Lucas Lentsch, Pierre – SD Secretary of Agriculture
  • Nathan Sanderson, Pierre – Governor’s policy advisor for agriculture and GFP

The pheasant habitat work group will develop recommendations to the Governor that focus on practical solutions for maintaining and improving pheasant habitat. The work group will meet periodically through June, with a final report completed in late summer 2014.

Members of the public may submit ideas for encouraging pheasant habitat development to All submissions will be considered by the work group.


PF Applauds Gov. Daugaard for Successful Pheasant Habitat Summit

INFOGRAPHIC: Pheasant Hunting in South Dakota

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Pheasants and upland habitat are part of South Dakota’s identity. At the recent Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Summit, the rapid loss of the habitat that sustains the state’s legendary pheasant population took center stage. Here are the pheasant facts for South Dakota:


Anthony’s Antics Afield is written by Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor. Email Anthony at AHauck@pheasantsforever.organd follow him on Twitter @AnthonyHauckPF.

S.D. Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Summit is Dec. 6

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Photo by Roger Hill

Photo by Roger Hill

I look forward to participating in the Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Summit in Huron, South Dakota on Friday, Dec. 6. Gov. Dennis Daugaard is hosting the summit to provide a forum for landowners, sportsmen, members of the tourism industry and other interested individuals to learn about the current state of pheasant habitat in South Dakota. The summit will include panel discussions and public input as a means to explore ways to maintain and enhance pheasant habitat. The event will take place at the Crossroads Convention Center in Huron.

The Governor’s Pheasant Summit is open to the public and pre-registration is required. Individuals may register online here. Information and registration is also available by calling the Game, Fish and Parks Department at 605.773.3387.

Tentative Agenda

  • 9:00am: Welcome / Emcee – Jeff Vonk, Secretary, South Dakota Dept. of Game, Fish and Parks
  • 9:20am: History of Pheasants in South Dakota – Tony Leif, Wildlife Division Director, SD GFP
  • 9:50am: South Dakota Land Use Change – Dr. Barry Dunn, Dean, SDSU College of Ag & Bio
  • 10:20am: Modern Agricultural Production – Bruce Knight, Strategic Conservation Solutions, LLC
  • 10:50am: Conservation Policies – Dave Nomsen, VP of Governmental Affairs, Pheasants Forever
  • 11:20am: Pheasant Hunting & Tourism – Jim Hagen, Secretary, SD Dept. of Tourism
  • 11:50am: Audience Questions / Panel Discussion
  • 12:30pm: Break for lunch
  • 1:00pm: Working lunch/small group discussions
  • 2:15pm: Small groups adjourn
  • 2:45pm: Findings of small group discussions
  • 3:30pm: Wrap-up and Next Steps
  • 4:00pm: Adjourn

The D.C. Minute is written by Dave Nomsen, Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s Vice President of Governmental Relations.